In lieu of gifts please donate to our favorite charities :)
The secret is out!! Jeff and Jessica are eloping January 1, 2015 in Honnolulu, Hawaii.
Jeff and Jessica realize how blessed they are to have such loving and supportive family and friends and feel they already have everything they want and need. Instead of asking for personal wedding gifts, Jeff and Jessica would love to make a difference in the lives of others by asking their friends and family to donate to their favorite charities.
Why these charities?
1. Hydrocephalus Association: Jeff has hydrocephalus. Although he lives a relatively normal life, he has a shunt in order to empty his brain of excess cerebral spinal fluid and if and when the shunt stops working, brain surgery is the only way to repair/replace the shunt. Throughout his life time he has had many brain surgeries in order to repair/replace his various shunts, which may cause other complications as well as a long recovery time. With your donation there will be increased awareness and research provided for people who have this incurable brain condition.
2. Ovarian Cancer Research Fund: One of Jessica's best friends was recently diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and it has been a difficult journey for her friend. There are little to no support groups for this type of cancer and awareness regarding ovarian cancer is not prominent, which makes it difficult to recognize symptoms. Jessica and Jeff hope that with your donation to this organization there will be increased awareness and more research opportunities to increase survival rates and eventually find a cure for women who have this aggressive type of cancer.
3. Humane Society of the United States: Jeff and Jessica love all animals and wish they could take each and everyone of them home! :) Although that is impossible, the Humane Society is an advocate for the proper treatment of animals and through donations we can aid in the prevention and awareness of animal abuse and give the animals proper food and shelter.
4. Community in Action Self Help Project: (Newly added)-- Jessica's friends she met while abroad, created this amazing charity! This charity project extends from the USA to Ghana in West Africa. The charity aims to build schools and provide education in rural communities, bring healthy drinking water to orphans in rual areas, provide income and food services by supplying an animal farm in hopes to reduce labor trafficing, and provide health education to communities (expecially Ebola prevention).
Thank You!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO